The new Skoda Fabia has been revealed ahead of its global debut at the Paris motor show in October.
The current seven-year-old model remains Skoda’s second best-selling vehicle after the Octavia. With the new design, which draws on elements from the ‘VisionC’ concept car unveiled a few months ago, the Czech car maker is hoping to grab a larger share of Europe’s important supermini market.
“During the development of the third-generation Fabia, we focused on creating a sportier vehicle and made the design altogether crisper. The result is a young, fresh and modern compact car that sets new standards in its segment,” said head designer Jozef Kabaň.
“Despite its more dynamic design, we have increased the space in a number of important areas. The boot is bigger and has the largest capacity in its class, the interior is both wider and longer. In addition, we offer up to ten new ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, including MirrorLink technology, available in a ŠKODA vehicle for the first time, to connect a smartphone to the vehicle. Furthermore, this compact car is up to 17 per cent more economical and has innovative assistance systems from higher class cars,” added Kabaň.
Underneath, the Fabia is likely to be based on the latest version of the Volkswagen Group’s PQ26 platform, which was first implemented on this year’s remodelled VW Polo.